January 23, 2007


The other day I was wondering what Bush would have to talk about in his big speech today. The folks at TPM have also been wondering. Well, now we know...

ABC News: Details Emerge About Possible Terror Threat:
Mimicking the hijackers who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, insurgents reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil.

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that documents captured by coalition forces during a raid of a safe house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago "revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S."

At the time, Maples offered little additional insight into the possible terror plot. ABC News, however, has learned new details of what remains a classified incident that has been dealt with at the highest levels of government.
Six months ago. Highest levels.

Leaked today.

Think he'll use it?


PS: Speaking of the SoU, what's with the latest NIE on Iraq?
They were too busy rolling out what they're calling a new Iraq policy to prepare the NIE which should inform creation of that new policy. That tells you everything you need to know about the surge.

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